Mary Connolly and her band, "The Mary Connolly Band", fuse old-fashioned, hip-swinging soul and blues with a contemporary lyrical sense reminiscent of Bonnie Raitt and Joan Osborne. An Irish-Catholic from New York City, Mary Connolly might seem an unlikely exponent of the blues. In fact, she has spent the last decade as a journeyman musician, performing music of every imaginable genre. A church cantor as a teenager, Connolly sang everything from folk mass to High Mass in Latin. Subsequently, she spent nine years paying her dues in wedding bands, cabaret shows, in classic rock cover bands, and on a cruise ship as a singing cocktail waitress. Longing to synthesize the various styles that inspired her, in 1996 Connolly formed her own group and began playing original music. She quickly developed a loyal following and her shows and recordings have been garnering positive reviews and airplay throughout the Northeast. Her latest CD release is Blue Desire, available at CDBaby.com, Amazon.com or at live performances.
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